“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
Head Baseball Commissioner: Karin Calhoun – firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE ON WEEKLY SOCCER MEET-UPS:
Our weekly soccer meet-ups announced in the June Manna are paused for the summer.
Please check back for when they resume in the fall!
In the meantime, a great way to prepare for the 2021-2022 soccer season is to join in on the free cross country summer running camps! Check out FEAST Cross Country for more information!
Please contact Soccer Commissioner Karin Calhoun at email@example.com to be added to an email distribution list with meet-up updates.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FEAST SOCCER: Head Commissioner Karin Calhoun at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thinking about playing soccer with FEAST in the fall, but just not sure?
Want to brush up on your soccer skills? Come join the team at our soccer meet-ups!
Soccer meet-ups are at 5:30pm on Fridays at Emmitt Park at CBC church on 1604. You must use the church entrance on Gold Canyon. Wear cleats if you have them; bring a size five soccer ball and plenty of water. Soccer meet-ups are for current 4th-11th grades.
“I so appreciate all the hard work that Karin and the coaches put into this season. Coach Kyle was willing to get together extra with those wanting help. I appreciate them giving our kids extra time even before the season officially began, our kids were so ready to get started! I have enjoyed each game, the team improved so much and so quickly! There was such a great feeling with all the parents, team, etc. Really felt like a family. Everyone pitching in, helping with getting the kids to practice and games. Having the group chat was awesome! Wonderful season !!!! Thank you !!!” – JoAnn Squyres, Soccer Grandmom
“This soccer season has been a blessing for our family. This is our first year homeschooling, my daughter Isabella in 10th grade and my son Roland in 7th grade. My two kids played soccer, and they were welcomed by all the other kids, both of them have made great friends, and we have enjoyed all the games and all the dinners with the team. The coaches were awesome and both of my kids learned a lot of new skills.” – Blanca Villarreal, Soccer Mom
“The 2020-2021 soccer season was a significant time for us as it was the first sports/social activity that we participated in after many months of canceled events. There are too many positive experiences to list: Friday pre-season get-togethers; post-game Whataburger fellowships; three amazing high school coaches who perpetually encouraged and invested an enormous amount of time and effort into developing skills and character in the players; Commissioner Karin Calhoun who exemplified selflessness through the countless she gave to the program; friendships formed among players and parents; and a season filled with many wins.” – Kelly Jaquez, Soccer Mom
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FEAST SOCCER: Head Commissioner Karin Calhoun at email@example.com
“High School players, thank you so much for a fantastic season!
I had an absolute blast this season, and I enjoyed watching you all grow and develop as soccer players! I hope you will take some time in the off-season to reflect on how you can improve for next season, but even more importantly (because I feel that this is often overlooked), reflect on how you improved this season and the specific strengths that you bring to the team. I saw every single one of you improve! I also plan to reflect on how I can do a better job of explaining things and encouraging you. Lastly, and more importantly, I am so impressed with you as people. Your respect, hard work, and kindness were evident throughout all of our practices and games and is worth far more than any soccer skill that we could teach you. Keep it up and Go Patriots!” – Matt Kirby, Assistant High School Coach
“Although, I have played soccer for many years off and on, this was my first season playing with FEAST Patriots. I will say that it was great, but it was also a different season of soccer. I am currently a 10th grader. And of all the years, this was my first HS year of soccer. This season certainly had its ups and downs, but everything is like that-nothing or anybody is perfect. Even though I was not able to play for a good part of the season due to an injury, I was still able to participate from the sidelines and be a part of the team. Every one of the players were enjoyable and unique in their own ways! It was great being friends with them all! I hope we all keep in touch and continue playing soccer! I really liked the coaches! They were excellent. If you did something wrong, they helped you get better and do it right. If something was confusing, they either explained it or showed it to you! Another thing I liked was that the coaches were very active and enthusiastic about soccer. And also, all of the coaches were really patient with us all. A thing I remember about this soccer season, is that we have all improved a lot in different aspects, such as sprints, endurance, confidence, passing, etc… I remember our first week of practice, we’d start by doing rondos, and although a few of the players were better than some, most were terrible at the drill at first. But towards the end of the season, we have all gotten extremely better at the drill. Close to professionals! :D” – Arian Trejos, High School, #42
“One thing that I really enjoyed about this season was the other kids and discovering that they had solid Christian values. And while it may seem remedial at first, in light of our current anti-God, anti-Christian society it is always very refreshing to find people who strive to further God’s plan.” – Thomas Waterman, High School, #39
“We had very committed coaches that really helped build our team up and encourage us whether during the games, practices, or even on our off days. I also really enjoyed going to eat after the game with the team! Some of the good memories I had with the team outside of soccer was going to Six Flags and going skating. My favorite game was probably the game we played against SACS or the game against Castle Hills. When I look back on this season, the first thing I think about is all the friends I made and how much fun this soccer season was! I hope next soccer season will be just as fun, cannot wait! It will be sad to be done with soccer for the season, but I am hoping to get the team together once in a while to hang out or something.” – Nate Earnest, High School, #32
“I loved playing for FEAST! I had a great time and had an awesome coach.” – JT Earnest, Middle School #16
“Coaching at FEAST has been such an incredible experience this year! Our players have fought hard to get better and to hone the mental and physical skills that we’ve challenged them with. Coach McHenry says it time after time, “we get better with every practice and every game.” Our players have such a great attitude and work ethic that inspires us coaches to be better ourselves. We’ve learned so much since our first game, and I’m personally looking forward to next season to see how far we can keep going. As we have continued to struggle with the impact of COVID-19, being a part of this program has made things seem more normal.” – Matt Fry, Assistant High School Coach
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FEAST SOCCER: Head Commissioner Karin Calhoun at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check back here next month for information on upcoming soccer camps for 5th-12th grade!
“Of all the teams I’ve played with, this is the best one I’ve been on. The players and coaches have made it a great program. Can’t wait to play next year!” – Caleb Jeschke, High School, #26
“A definition of the word “feast” -a plentiful supply of something enjoyable, especially for the mind or senses. Used in a sentence: This season has been a brilliant feast, one that I was blessed to be a part of. Thank you FEAST for the opportunity to coach this season. I sincerely enjoyed it.” – Kyle McHenry, High School Coach
“One thing that I have learned at FEAST is I developed as a player and as a person. I have grown with my friends and through wins and losses we grew as a team.” – Roland Villarreal, Middle School, #11
“This FEAST soccer season was amazing. There were so many ups and downs but we went through it as a team. I remember when we scored our first goal against St. Mary’s and how amazing that felt. I remember jumping up and down being so excited while I watched from my goal. Throughout the season everyone not only grew better as players but also as friends. I have never before been part of team where the players treat each other as true friends and not just someone you compete with and that is something that I am grateful to God for.” – Isabella Villarreal, High School, #20
“This season was really great, even the Star Jumps – “I’m a star! I’m a star!” :D” – Patrick Calhoun, High School #28
“One good memory that I had from this season was the gassers we ran for not getting enough combination passes. We had ten gassers and for each combination pass that we got we had one less gasser. We ended up having two of them and it was exhausting. They were to the 18-yard box and back then the to the half field and back then to full field.” – Brian Brough, High School, #36
One of the things that were impactful to me this soccer season was the team bonding and coach bonding that grew throughout the season. Last season, we really were not a team that had a true, meaningful bond, however this year, our friendship has grown dramatically. A second thing that has impacted me was that when I signed up for soccer this season, I prayed that we would have plenty of players to be on the team and we had 22 players on the soccer team, DOUBLE from last year. That was something only God could have done. – Gabriel Jaquez, High School, #41
“When I think of this soccer season, I would say the first memory that pops in my head is of our game at SACs. It was our second time playing them…the previous week they had crushed us 7 to 1. It was raining, it was so cold, and in the first half the strong wind was blowing to their advantage. By the end of the first half, the score was 3 to 0 (they were up). Coach played the boys in the second half, so most of us girls huddled in blankets while we tried to cheer for them. In a matter of ten minutes or less, the boys tied up the game, and for the remainder of the game it remained tied. I would definitely say it was the best game of the season!” – Shiloh Whitten, High School #22
“When I started this season off I was not that great of a player(still not the best), but coach helped me learn so much and really improve. I have made lots of new friends and it has brought me out of my shell. I am grateful to the coaches, Karin, and my teammates.” – Karysma Griffis, High School, #24
“There are many things I love about the soccer team. The coaches are always kind, encouraging, and they work with us. Everyone is connected and there is never any bad sportsmanship. We learn to work as a team and communicate. Some of my favorite memories of soccer are the parties we had, going out to eat after games, and having so much fun at practice. Not only did I learn a lot about soccer, but I also made a bunch of friends and made memories with them.” – Faith Jaquez, High School, #31
“One thing that I really enjoyed this season was Coach Piper helping me improve in soccer. He helped me understand the game and put it into play on the field. I also had some really amazing teammates and friends to help me get better at soccer. At the beginning of the season I was just the tall guy who didn’t know how to kick a ball; but now at the end of the season – thanks to my Coach and friends – I feel like I am a help to my team.” – Zion Whitten, Middle School, #18
“My experience with FEAST soccer this year has been very enjoyable, through the ups and downs of the season and the companionship that we share with each other it has been a pleasure growing as team and working our individual skills with each other, I will remember this season not only because of the help I’ve received from our coaches or of how I’ve improved but also because of the friends I’ve made.” – Gabriel Ceron, High School, #40
“My favorite memory was the boys game against Great Hearts. We won the game after we played a hard and fast game. I really enjoyed playing this game because I was in the goal playing goalie. It was my favorite game.” – Cody Squyres, High School, #43
DID YOU KNOW?
- We have 39 athletes playing FEAST Soccer this year!
- Our High School team consists of 14 boys and 8 girls. 9th grade (4), 10th grade (12), 11th grade (4), 12th grade (2)
- Our Middle School team is made up of 10 boys and 7 girls. 5th grade (2), 6th grade (4), 7th grade (4), 8th grade (7)
- We have 6 families with athletes on both the high school team and the middle school team.
- There are 3 sibling groups on the High School team. There are 2 sibling groups on the Middle School team.
Here is a chance to meet some more of our players:
Nate Earnest is a sophomore this year and is returning for his second year of FEAST Soccer. He played for several years for CYO throughout elementary & middle school. He enjoys gaming, hanging out with friends, and cooking. He’s a bit of a neat freak, great at cleaning & organizing, and hates to be late! Fun Fact: He loves Christmas music so much he listens to it year-round!
JT Earnest also played CYO Soccer throughout elementary and middle school and is enjoying his first year of playing FEAST Soccer as an 8th grader. He enjoys gaming, fishing, hunting, and working outdoors. He is also quite handy in his mechanical skills, filling the role of “Mr. Fix-it” when dad is not available. Fun fact: He can pop both shoulders out of joint!
Patrick Calhoun is a 10th grader who is playing his second year of FEAST Soccer. Before that, he played several seasons of soccer at the YMCA under Coaches Kyle McHenry and Matt Fry. Patrick also plays 6 man football, basketball, and runs track. He enjoys listening to music, gaming, and hanging out with friends.
Micah Fry, a 10th grader, has played FEAST Soccer for 2 years and run cross country in the past. His goal for the season is to be able to pass better and communicate better. Micah’s hobby is competitive shooting, and he would do that all day if he could!
Elijah Fry is a 7th grader who is enjoying his first year of playing FEAST Soccer as well as his first year of playing on a basketball team. Elijah’s goal this season is…to score a goal!
Continue to follow FEAST Soccer to see how YOU can play with us! We look forward to meeting more athletes at our skills camps. More information on skills camps should be available soon.
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
As a team, FEAST high school soccer has been working hard this season to become better and as a result, they have been making everything and everyone around them better too. While I can only speak for myself, I can say that the time that I have spent coaching them has been one of the greatest blessings God has given me. In a year full of darkness and frustration due to COVID, the days I’ve spent coaching have been some of my brightest.
So, needless to say, I’ve been having loads of fun.It took us some time to gel as a team and get going with some unlucky results at first, but we won our first game last week against Castle Hills. We played hard and we were the better side for most of the game, attacking continually, winning 50/50 balls, and keeping the play in the opposing half for long periods of the game. We’ve scored eight goals within three games, including the extra girls-only game against St. Mary’s Hall. It may have taken us a game or two to get going, but now that we’ve found our stride, I’m sure there will be many more goals and triumphs to look forward to this season.
Player development has been and will continue to be the focus and key to our success. As I stated in my coaching bio, I have little concern with the score lines of our games. I am much more concerned with how we play. Do we play as a team? Are we passing the ball effectively? Are we making the correct runs into space and off the ball? These are the questions that keep me motivated and thriving. Every day I think about how we can improve and how I can design a drill or a practice session that will train a particular skill or combination.
Soccer is a tough sport. Just the physical demands are daunting, let alone being able to play with the ball, passing, shooting, and dribbling effectively. On top of that, you have to constantly be communicating with your teammates and maintaining an awareness of where you are on the field, where the ball is, where your opponent is, and where your teammates are. Altogether, a good player requires excellent fitness, supreme ball skills, and decisive intelligence, but it’s the last quality of intelligence and awareness that make individual players a great team. Statistics tell us that during a game, the average player will only actually have the ball at their feet for roughly a combined one minute. That’s one minute total time in 90 minutes with which to affect the game with a crucial pass, dribble, or shot. What are the players doing for the other 89 minutes then? The answer is winning or losing the game. They are moving off the ball, finding spaces, anticipating where they need to be to make a tackle, intercept a pass or receive one from their teammates. It’s this movement off the ball that sets up chances, creates game flow, and allows the collective to be greater than the sum of its parts and not a group of individuals dribbling at a defense
The ability of our players to play with speed and intensity has been nothing short of astounding. In every game we showcase our fitness, resilience and toughness. The players always show up with a great attitude, and a willingness to learn and work at every practice. I couldn’t be more proud of them as a coach. To the parents of the players you should all be very proud of the wonderful hardworking, intelligent and respectful children you have raised. (By the way if there is a magic book or something with all the answers for parenting in it, so that I can get kids like yours please send me a copy).
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. Before the season began I prayed that God would help me to be the best coach that I could be for this team, and while I make mistakes and will continue to make them I appreciate the love and assistance that everyone has shown. Thank you for your continued support.